Payton by Kendall Whiteley

We met the Baker family last year and immediately fell in love with them! We have shot with this amazing group several times because they have two beautiful graduating daughters, Paige & Payton! This session was focused on their youngest daughter, Payton. 

Besides being obviously stunningly gorgeous, I mean THAT HAIR is to die for (am I right?!?), Payton has a heart of pure gold and a genuine heart. You just can't help but smile when you're around her! She radiates happiness and confidence. We loved her choice of a softer bohemian + earthy vibe for her session. She chose Norris Dam State Park and it fit her look so well! We had so much fun running in the fields, chasing the sunlight and fake-laughing until our sides hurt. 

Payton will be graduating from Halls High school this year. She is eager to finish the school year and continue her education at UTC where she will be bringing with her two best friends! We have truly loved watching Payton become the well-rounded person she is today. We know she will be successful in anything she tries to accomplish! We can't wait to see her succeed! 

HAIR | Desilee Cassidy // MUA | Chesni Ballinger

Ramirez Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

"In true love there are no obstacles."

 This wedding was all kinds of beautiful, genuine, and full of love; brought together to create an effortless, simple, and natural wedding day aesthetic. Held at Camp Kincaid, a family friend's campground, Sasha & Brant became Mr & Mrs Ramirez surrounded by the people who mean the most to them. The emotion and the overall closeness of all guests was just unreal.

The mother-son gift exchange was one we will never forget. Brant's mother started a journal for him before he was born and while he was a baby. She gifted this journal to him on his wedding day before the ceremony. The bride & groom's first look was also so emotionally raw and delicate. Held in a quaint and quiet spot in the woods, these two were not shy about their feelings for each other. We could not imagine a couple who deserve a happy, perfect life together more than Brant & Sasha and we know they have found that in each other. 

Madelyn by Kendall Whiteley

Since when did seniors start looking like THIS?! Perfectly stunning, with incredible style, gorgeous long locks AND a contagious smile! Madelyn had us screaming "work it girl!!!" because I mean, she was. working. it. I guess when you've been a dancer for 7 years, the poise and grace comes natural in front of the camera!

Madelyn is graduating from Halls High School and is over the moon excited to get started on her life! She brought along her parents and sweet boyfriend to her edgy + urban styled senior session. We absolutely adored exploring the Knoxville city with Madelyn and her fun family. Having her family and boyfriend, who happened to be named Tyler :P , with her for this special session made her true personality come to life and we loved getting to know her! She has such a spunk and vibrancy to her kind personality, we just know this girl is going places. Madelyn will be attending UT to seek further into the medical field, making her dreams of helping people a reality. We wish her all the best in all that she does! <3 

Ben & Elijah by Kendall Whiteley

Our first same-sex wedding celebration was nothing short of a fairy-tale, literally. Ben and Elijah wanted their wedding day to represent their very own fairy-tale love + their love for traditional fairy-tales and all things whimsical. What better way to do that then getting married in a real life castle?

There was not a more perfect location than the WilliamsWood Castle in Knoxville for this celebration. From the stone walls, to the gargoyles, to the grown up forests surrounding the grounds, to the stunningly romantic and detailed decor in all the rooms, we felt as if we were IN the fairy-tale. 

Ben and Elijah's ceremony, surrounded by their closest friends and family, was the one we will never forget. Their officiant blessed their marriage with gold glitter and sage. Directly following the ceremony, we headed to the front of the castle for a lantern ceremony to represent the friends and family who are no longer with us. At the end of the day, the newlyweds were sent off with falling rose petals. Seeing their love story come true + seeing their inspirations from their favorite movies and bookscome to life was a dream. We loved witnessing the love, support, and happiness that this beautiful couple has!  

Talented Vendors | Kroger Florist // Men's Warehouse // Kay Jewelers // Sugar Buzz Bakery

H&K by Kendall Whiteley

On a very special day, Father's Day, we met with Heather and Kevin in Cincinnati, Ohio. The forecast read rain all week and rained ALL day up until that evening. Luckily for us, it cleared up just long enough for us to shoot a perfect session! 

After spending the day with Kevin's 11 year old son Lucas in their home town of Columbus Ohio, we finally got to meet this amazing couple! We met at the large and stunning Eden Park that offered spacious field, an amazing city view, and precious park scenery. Heather and Kevin are so full of love, laughter, and sheer joy of being with each other (if it wasn't obvious). They have known each other for 12 years but began their journey together four years ago. Last August, Kevin proposed to Heather in their favorite Tennessee vacation spot- Gatlinburg, Tennessee! This place will hold even more memories for them next May when they are married at Spence Cabin! We absolutely cannot wait to document more of their love! 

Risch Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

Linda & Josh were dream clients. It was POURing rain on their wedding day but they made the best of it! We couldn't shoot much outside and there wasn't much natural light to work with, but look at these happy faces! As you will see, the saying of the day was "Hakuna Matata" which means no worries, just liked Linda's tattoo. At the beginning of the day we asked Linda how she felt and her response was "I'm not nervous because I know I am making the best decision of my life." (I'm not crying, you're crying!)

Held at the gorgeous Pleasant Hill Vineyards, Linda & Josh's special day went exactly as it was meant to go-full of warmth, laughter, friends, and dancing! We began the day with the girls pampering Linda, then revealing her final bridal look to them. Their reactions told us how truly happy and excited they all were for Linda. After we all dried our eyes (and our hair from the rain!) it was time for the beautiful bride to be revealed to her husband-to-be! Their first look was just as we expected from this silly, in love couple- full of semi inappropriate jokes (hahaha!), eskimo kisses, and (of course) genuine joy + excitement. The ceremony had to be moved indoors last minute but that didn't stop the excitement! These two finally became one as the rain sang to us on the rooftop, with their closest friends and family cheering them on. This led to an insanely fun reception! I mean, it was truly the best group of guests ever! The sun even came out after the ceremony while the new Mr & Mrs Risch spent the night celebrating!

Amazing Vendors: Southern Sirens // Bradford Catering // Wanda Werks Entertainment // White Lace & Promises //  David's Bridal // Men's Warehouse

Finnley by Kendall Whiteley

We met Finnley's mommy and daddy while Finnley was still in the womb. Their genuine excitement for their miracle baby was too much sweetness to handle. We immediately clicked and not only became their go-to photographers but we all became close friends. Flash forward one year and their little miracle, our favorite little man, turned 1! Oh my, how time flies! 

Finnley is so full of personality, love, style, attitude, and THE best serious faces. It is always so amazing watching our clients grow as a family. We've been with Finnley from his newborn stage, to his crawling stage, to his walking stage, and we are so anxious (and nervous ha!) for the next stage-talking! Mom and dad decided on the always stunning Botanical Gardens for his one-year session, the perfect family spot! Although it was hot, humid, and very sweaty, Finn and his fam made it so easy for us and fun as always. Finnley is such a little ham and will always hold that special place in our hearts! We do wish time would slow down a bit! 

 

  

Lexi & Richard by Kendall Whiteley

On a dreary day like today just remember - no rain, no flowers! 

These two have to be the cutest & sweetest couple EVER! We met Lexi and Richard in April after shooting Lexi's sister Leah's wedding. We got a sneak peek into their love during that wedding and reception, and it was so incredibly genuine! This made us even MORE over-the- moon excited to be shooting their engagement and wedding! 

For Lexi & Richard's spring engagement session, we decided to try out a new greenhouse location! The owners of Thress Nursery were so kind and welcoming + their nursery is THE absolute best! We absolutely loved being able to get to know Lexi and Richard at the same time as enjoying the floral scenery surrounding us. Lexi and Richard could not stop smiling at each other! Just look how adorable these two are!

After years of knowing each other(since the third grade!) + after fate brought them together five years ago, these two will be tying the knot September 8 at the beautiful Ramble Creek in Athens Tennessee. It's going to be one for the books, y'all stay tuned! 

 

 

Charlsea & Josh by Kendall Whiteley

Charlsea and Josh have been together 10 years (yes we said 10 years!) and have never, not once, had professional pictures made! Say what?! We HAD to fix that! 

These two were 16 when they first started dating, so they have been through all walks of life together. Through the good, the bad and the ugly, they havesupported each other, loved each other, and been one another's best friend! THAT is the story we wanted to tell through their engagement pictures. We, of course, wanted to showcase a few of their favorite things that they share together; football (even if they support opposite teams :P) craft beer, and belly-laughs! You can say we had a good time with these two beautiful love birds! 

Charlsea and Josh currently live in Smyrna TN, both are working crazy schedules as a nurse and a counselor, so it made the day spent together even more special! We absolutely cannot wait until their wedding next year at Country Manor Acres

Jarnigan Wedding by Kendall Whiteley

This is the warmth, the friendship, the commitment, the partnership, and the ever lasting love that people dream about. Dezirae and Justin were fortunate enough to find that within each other. 

When you have been together for eight years, the most common question you are going to get is "when are y'all going to get married?!" Dezirae and Justin knew this all to well. Both growing up in Knoxville, they were high school sweethearts (the kind that everyone is jealous of, including us as we went to the same high school!) and stood by each other during some of life’s biggest moments. The epitome of young love that CAN last forever. Having made it together over 7 years, Justin FINALLY popped the question and they finally were able to answer the all to familiar question with "April 29,2017!" 

April 29, 2017 was one for the books. Held at Spout Springs Estates in Blaine TN, the Jarnigan wedding came together so perfectly + effortlessly with beautiful natural greenery, pops of golds and whites, and incredible east TN mountain top views. We began the day getting ready with the soon to be Mr & Mrs, exchanging gifts, and reading hand written heartfelt letters. After spending time with their fun and energetic wedding parties and after all or us dried our eyes from the emotional bridesmaids first-look, the ceremony was to begin. After eight years of knowing that Dezirae would be his bride, Justin's emotions immediately took over with happy tears flowing down his face the moment he saw her walking down the aisle. From that moment on, the wedding truly became a celebration. 

TALENTED VENDORS | Hair- Cassidy Sands // Makeup- Alesha Varner Famous Daves //  Wedding Cake- Becky Nicley // Knox Vegas Djs // Alfred Angelo // Regal tuxedo // All Occasions Party Rentals